Over its 15 years, the Tribeca Film Festival, like any of its kind, has struggled to find an identity. But one thing has locked into place: It’s a great hub for provocative and often formally adventurous documentaries. Once again, the event’s best wares are of the non-fiction breed, but don’t discount the rest. Here are 12 titles that should definitely be on your radar, some of them with actual actors and made-up stories.
‘All This Panic’
You might think you know what to expect from an intimate look at New York teens. But instead of being alarmist (like “Kids”) or reductive (like “American Teen”), Jenny Gage's doc is empathetic and even thrilling. The subjects are several high school girls perched in that in-between spot as angst dissolves and young adult life awaits. Eschewing talking heads and “Real World” confessionals, Gage shoots them expressionistically, as though their lives are a dream that will soon be spoiled by responsibilities and disappointments. They’re still figuring themselves out, and the world — not just NYC — seems boundless. (Showtimes and tickets)